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November 25, 2010
Parler Fort - surveying Canada's food history
The Parler Fort speaking series at Fort York National Historic site makes an entrée into Canada's food heritage on December 6 (at 7 p.m.) by honouring the influential culinary research of Dorothy Duncan.

Dorothy will speak about her innovative research, which has become a foundation of reference for those interested in Canada's food history. Her books Nothing More Comforting: Canada's Heritage Food (Dundurn Press, 2003) and Canadians at the Table: Food, Fellowship and Folklore (Dundurn Press, 2007) are unique and comprehensive Canadian culinary resources. She will launch her new book Feasting and Fasting: Canada's Heritage Celebrations (Dundurn Press, 2010) at this Parler Fort event.

Dorothy Duncan's historical expertise extends far beyond food. She was a former curator of Black Creek Pioneer Village, a Province of Ontario Museums Advisor and the Executive Director for the Ontario Historical Society.

Dorothy will also lead a cooking demonstration alongside the volunteer historic cooks of Fort York. The public will be able taste some of the delicious historic holiday recipes (tastings included with admission).

The Parler Fort discussion series at Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.) reinforces the central role Fort York continues to have in defining and reflecting Toronto's history. For information about this event, call 416-392-6907 (extension 221). Admission is $10. For reservations, e-mail

Fort York National Historic Site is where urban Toronto was founded in 1793, and was the location of a major battle involving U.S., British, Canadian and First Nations combatants during the War of 1812. The war, a critical turning point in the story of Canada’s development as an independent nation, will be commemorated during its bicentennial in 2012-14 across North America.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by City of Toronto Cultural Services. It is located at 250 Fort York Blvd. For more information, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,



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